We had a fun drinks party on Monday that was hosted by the BHA and its always nice to have a moan with your fellow trainers .
We had Noel Fehily in to ride a couple of lots on Wednesday which was a great honour as he hasn't been here for a while !
Had a good schooling morning on Thursday with Gavin Sheehan , D Crosse and J Banks in to pop them over both hurdles and fences . We also had a couple of runners that day with Morney Wing going up to Carlisle and Maid ofMilan going to Ludlow . It was very soft ground at Carlisle and he got a bit tired finishing 5th while the mare ran a nice race to finish 3rd over a trip too short for her .
We went to Cheltenham on Friday for their first meeting of the season and it was lovely to be back as they do make a great effort there with both the ground and the facilities for the owners and trainers . I ran a gorgeous horse called Pickamix who was having only his second run over hurdles . He ran a really nice race finishing third and only beaten two lengths by a horse that P Nicholls says may run in the World Hurdle so it will be interesting to see what handicap mark we get on Tuesday .
My kids Tildie and William came to stay on Friday night so we had Smon and Marie round for supper which was a fun evening . My daughter Tildie is off to America on Tuesday to compete in a rowing competition as she is a very competent rower - not sure where she gets it from as the only time I have been on the water is on quite a smart Gin Palace !
Am off to Newmarket on Monday for the October Horses in Training Sale as I am hoping to buy a horse for the Steeplechasers Syndicate so their will be an enormous choice with nearly fifteen hundred to choose from !
A few entries at end of next week and I am going to do fifteen laps of my hot tub tonight accompanied by a large gin and tonic !